Debate and Forensics Team Travels to Colorado and Missouri

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The debate and forensics team capped off their second consecutive week of long distance travels by finishing 2nd at the Colorado College Invitational Tournament and 1st at the University of Central Missouri tournament.

Last weekend at the Colorado College Invitational Tournament, the debate team finished a close second to regional rival Texas Tech. Tech claimed the championship on a split decision over the SC duo of Brandon Hoesli of Salina, Kan., and Brett Smith of Sterling, Kan. Teammates Jessica Brayton of Lyons, Kan., and Nolan Chaney of South Hutchinson, Kan., advanced to the octa final round before dropping a close round to Kansas City Kansas Community College. Both of the SC teams emerged from preliminary rounds with a 5-3 record. In addition, freshman Ashley McHenry of Great Bend, Kan., led the forensics team with her 5th place finish in Dramatic Interpretation.
At the University of Central Missouri tournament on November 12th, the team finished first overall amongst all Pi Kappa Delta Schools and second overall to Belmont University. The SC debate team had every team finish the weekend with a winning record, and as a result, each of the four teams advanced to the elimination rounds.                            

Freshman Tyler Brotton of Newton, Kan., and Brandon Hoesli finished in a 9th place tie with SC duo Alex Lawhon-Bush of Halstead, Kan., and Brett Smith, while Ryan Corwin of Sterling, Kan., and Courtney Hensley of Lyons, Kan., advanced to quarter finals finishing in 5th place overall. The top SC team of Nolan Chaney and Jessica Brayton advanced to semifinals before dropping in a split decision to Hillsdale College. SC had three students earn speaker awards with Ryan Corwin finishing 6th, Nolan Chaney in 5th and Jessica Brayton in 3rd. 

In individual events, Jessica Brayton was dominant, taking 1st overall in three of her events, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking and 3rd in Informative Speaking. Courtney Hensley finished in 2nd in Persuasive Speaking and 3rd in After Dinner Speaking. Brandon Hoesli earned 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking while Tyler Brotton finished 6th.